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NSERC's Policy on Intellectual Property

NSERC's Policy on Intellectual Property (IP) promotes the use or exploitation of knowledge to build a strong national economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians. Unless otherwise explicitly indicated in program literature, this Policy is applicable to all NSERC programs.

Guiding Principles

NSERC's Policy on IP is based on the following principles:

  • Encourage the utilization of research results, developed wholly or in part using NSERC funds, in Canada for the benefit of Canadians.
  • Promote the development of fruitful and productive partnerships and recognize the unique contribution each partner brings to the partnership and the need for each partner to benefit from the relationship and have their interests protected.
  • Support the publication of research results in the open literature. NSERC does not support secret or classified research.
  • Ensure that a student's graduation is not impeded by IP issues.
  • Support a researcher's right to use his/her research results for non-commercial purposes in future research and in teaching.

Terms of Access to Research Results and IP

Under this Policy, access to research results developed wholly or in part using NSERC funds, may include the following arrangements:

  • open dissemination with no restrictions;
  • non-exclusive licensing;
  • exclusive licensing;
  • joint ownership;
  • partial assignment of ownership; or
  • full assignment of ownership.

It is recognized that no one set of rules will apply to every situation or research relationship. In determining whether to seek patent protection and the appropriate access to IP, which could be or has been developed as a result of NSERC funding, participants should consider:

  • the nature of the research and any business interactions;
  • the stage and background of the proposed research;
  • common practices in that sector;
  • opportunities for novel forms of dissemination and use;
  • the background rights to existing and collaborator intellectual property;
  • the nature and importance of the contributions (scientific, financial and other) of all participants involved in the support and development of the IP; and
  • the opportunities for application of the research to other sectors.

NSERC claims no rights of ownership to IP associated with an award.

Mandatory Elements for IP Agreements

In order to ensure that the mandate of NSERC and the rights of all participants are protected, it is mandatory that all IP agreements, arising from and related to an NSERC award, contain clauses that address the following elements:

  • Every effort must be made to deliver the maximum benefit to Canada, which is defined as incremental Canadian economic activity and improved quality of life in Canada. In general, the industrial expansion or economic activity should occur within Canada. Where there are no opportunities for commercialization within Canada, then the IP should be exploited in such a way that substantial benefits will still accrue to Canada. There should be a requirement to diligently develop and exploit the IP within an appropriate timeframe.
  • The IP assets of all participants must be respected. A partner's proprietary data, commercially sensitive information and potentially valuable results or ideas must be protected from unauthorized, inadvertent or untimely disclosure.
  • The results must be publishable in the open literature. NSERC does not support secret or classified research. In order to secure IP protection, a maximum delay of six months is permitted when submitting papers for publication. No publication should expose a partner's proprietary information.
  • No delay is permitted for the defence of a student's thesis.
  • The university/college and its researchers must retain the right to use the knowledge or IP generated for non-commercial purposes in future research and in teaching. Where appropriate, and with the agreement of all participants, consideration should be given to extending those rights to all university/college researchers.

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Website Legal Information

Information collection and use

NSERC CREATE: BioMedic, A Training Program in BioMedical Technology, Innovation and Commercialization (hereinafter referred as NSERC) is a Educational program offered through Dalhousie University

NSERC is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this policy. NSERC collects information from our users at several different points on our website.

Cookies, IP addresses and statistics

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. We do not require any form of login or user account for this website. If a user rejects the cookie, they may still use our site.

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical identification that your computer or other browsing device sends out. We use cookies and IP addresses to analyse trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. Cookies and IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
Your email and contact details

If you plan to use our Contact form to get in touch with us, be aware that your personal email address will be revealed in our email applications. Your email address will only be used for communication between ourselves and you. Email addresses will not be passed to any third parties. Your email address and any associated contact details delivered by email may be stored on our secure Customer Relations Management system for our internal use. We manage our own web servers too, so your information never passes through a third-party system.
Sending documents to NSERC

If you use this website or your email account to send us documents or images relating to a possible project, rest assured that we treat all documents with the strictest of confidence. All information will be used only by the NSERC team to analyse potential projects. If we no longer need the documents you send us, they will be safely deleted from our systems. NSERC are happy to sign a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA) or other legal document if required.

This website takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line.

All of our users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information.

All of our employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Every quarter, as well as any time new policies are added, our employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our customers' information is protected.

Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment, behind a locked cage.

Any personal information entrusted to us will never be entrusted to carriers or the Royal Mail unless agreed, and a signature would always be required from the recipient. Under no circumstances will your private data ever be found on a train and handed to the BBC.

If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to


NSERC will, under no circumstances, share with any third party individual IP addresses, email addresses, personal contact details or other information collected through this website or related statistic tracking systems. If information sharing is required, such as to bring in a third party in a project for example, you will be given immediate notice.

External links

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we at NSERC are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this web site.
Notification of changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page immediately so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.


As web professionals with considerable experience of web standards, accessibility and usability, we care deeply that every website we produce is built responsibly and can be used by everyone. We have made every effort to ensure that our own website meets our own criteria, current best-practice, and relevant legislation. Below we detail some of the most important considerations.

If you do have any feedback, questions, corrections, perhaps want to congratulate us or maybe have a good moan, then please contact us via
Standards compliance

All pages on this site aim to validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict. The validation program can determine with 100% accuracy whether a page is valid XHTML. There are still elements we may purposely use that will make certain pages fail. NSERC use common sense wherever possible.

All pages on this site also aim to be Section 508 approved, complying with the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.


NSERC believe that 100% of all website information should be accessible regardless of the browser used. We have built this website using current web standards to meet this criteria. We, like many others, support standards-compliant browsers as a priority, but make use of progressive enhancement to ensure delivery of information to all browsers.

NSERC believe in driving web design forwards through responsible implementation and innovation. We strongly support web standards and forward-thinking web design and layout, and we actively make use of new methodologies and latest specifications.

This website makes use of layout and visual techniques made available with the CSS3 specification, and these methods are supported within Safari, Firefox v2 upwards, Opera v9 upwards, Camino (Mac) and Internet Explorer v8 beta. Users browsing with IE7 or below, Firefox 1.x, and older browsers will still be able to access all information, though the visual experience may be reduced where necessary, following progressive enhancement best-practice.

We would encourage Internet Explorer users to upgrade their copy of IE 5.5 or 6, or abandon this terrible browser altogether and use Firefox or Safari (both available for Windows).

Handheld Devices

At the time of writing, our new website (version 2) is in "soft-launch", and we have not yet fully implemented the layout and configuration for mobile and handheld devices.

Using web standards, our web pages can still be delivered in their entirety to any mobile device, although we will shortly implement our handheld stylesheets to improve the browsing experience on devices with small screens and limited web access.

A version of our website for the iPhone is also currently in production.


  • Links are written to make sense out of context - we do not use "click here".
  • Links to downloadable documents or PDFs are clearly marked as such, and links to downloadable contact information is also clearly labeled, accompanied by a Microformat icon.
  • All links to external websites or resources open in the same window for accessibility reasons.


  • All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  • All background and decorative images are created with stylesheets, and do not require ALT attributes.
  • Our web pages are designed so that the content is still legible and accessible with images turned off, or stylesheets unavailable.

Content and structure

  • This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout, and elements of unobtrusive JavaScript for behaviour.
  • If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, or if stylesheets are disabled, the content of each page is still readable.
  • If JavaScript is unavailable or disabled, any bahavioural functions will degrade and all content will remain accessible.
  • Most of the text on this website can be increased or decreased in size using built-in browser tools. However, to maintain appearance we recommend using a modern browser with text-zoom facilities.

NSERC Design is a trading style of NSERC Graphic Design Inc.; full details can be found on the Company details page.

Copyright Notice and Disclaimer

This regulates your use of the NSERC Design website and all material within it. If you do not agree, do not use this site.

NSERC Design (hereinafter referred as NSERC) is a trading style of NSERC Graphic Design Inc.; full details can be found on the Company details page.

  1. The information contained in this website has been prepared solely for the purpose of providing information about 'NSERC' and its business.
  2. The materials contained within this website are directed at those who access the website from within Canada. Those who access the site from other locations are responsible for compliance with local laws to the extent that they are applicable.
  3. Top the fullest extent permitted at law, 'NSERC' is providing this website and its contents on an 'as is' basis and makes no (and expressly disclaims all) representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this web site or the information, content, materials or products included in this site including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. In addition 'NSERC' does not represent or warrant that the information accessible via this website is accurate, complete or current.
  4. Except as specifically stated on this website, to the fullest extent permitted at law, neither 'NSERC' nor any of its affiliates, partners, members, employees or other representatives will be liable for damages arising out of or in connection with the use of this website or the information, content, materials or products included on this site. This is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind, including (without limitation) compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of data, income or profit, loss of or damage to property and claims of third parties. For the avoidance of doubt, 'NSERC' does not limit its liability for death or personal injury to the extent only that it arises as a result of the negligence of 'NSERC', its affiliates, partners, members, employees or other representatives.
  5. Copyright © 2009, NSERC Graphic Design Inc.. All website design, text, graphics, the selection and arrangement thereof, and all software compilations, underlying source code, software (including applets) and all other material on this website are copyright NSERC Graphic Design Inc. and its affiliates, or their content and technology providers. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  6. No part of the text or graphics on this site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from 'NSERC'. However, you are permitted to print or save to your local hard disk one copy of reasonable extracts from the site for your personal use. Requests for permission for copying or use beyond this should be sent to
  7. 'NSERC Design' and / or other 'NSERC' services / straplines / marks and logos referenced on this website are either trademarks or registered trademarks of NSERC Graphic Design Inc. in Canada, United States of America and / or other countries. Other product and company names mentioned on this website may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
  8. Any visitor to the 'NSERC' website who hyperlinks to any other website is deemed to acknowledge that 'NSERC' has not reviewed and disclaims responsibility for any information contained in any such site accessed through the hyperlink.

Email Disclaimer

Any opinions expressed in the email are those of the individual and not necessarily the company. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and solely for the use of the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this email in error and that any dissemination, distribution, copying or use is strictly prohibited.

If you have received this email in error, please accept our apologies for our mistake, and please send it back to to let us know it has gone astray.

If you are concerned about the content of this message, please email to

The contents of an attachment to this e-mail may contain software viruses that could damage your own computer system. While the sender has taken every reasonable precaution to minimise this risk, we cannot accept liability for any damage that you sustain as a result of software viruses. You should carry out your own virus checks before opening any attachments to this email.

NSERC Design (hereinafter referred as NSERC) is a trading style of NSERC Graphic Design Inc.; full details can be found on the Company details page.

Quality Statement

NSERC Design (hereinafter referred as NSERC) is a trading style of NSERC Graphic Design Inc.; full details can be found on the Company details page.

"NSERC will deliver the finest websites available anywhere, consistently delivering exceptional creativity, sound strategic thinking and honest common sense advice to all its clients."


"To create a financially successful business working with national and international clients that will offer quality, enriching, fulfilling employment for its' Directors & staff, whilst working within its policies on quality, equal opportunities employment, health & safety and the environment"


  • NSERC aims to ensure that the needs of our clients are clearly understood and met through close liaison at all stages of our work
  • We ensure we only accept work within our areas of expertise and within our capacity to deliver within the project plan
  • All work is conducted to a high professional standard with sensitivity, technical and commercial integrity
  • We communicate clearly and effectively with everyone
  • The company is committed to effective quality management at every level within the business. Central to the philosophy of the company is the belief that quality is the responsibility of every member of staff and the quality policy is upheld and supported by management at all levels.


  • Reporting will be as jargon free as is possible (the web is a technical business, so it can be difficult) and accessible
  • All documents will be reviewed by Directors prior to submission to a client.


  • A nominated Director is responsible for the work of the project, including that of sub-contractors
  • Staff and sub-contractors are selected on the basis of how their skills meet the requirements of the project
  • Staff and Directors receive appropriate training which is reviewed periodically during the firms appraisal process
  • Staff are given appropriate authority and resources within the scope of their responsibilities which are set out in their written job description and forward job plan
  • Periodic audits and reviews of staff and project work are undertaken to ensure that standards are maintained and opportunities for improvements sought.

Project management

  • The project plan which has been agreed with the client is clear, achievable and rigorously followed / managed using the web based electronic project management system
  • Any changes to the project plan are agreed by NSERC and the client; a project Variation Notice will be issued detailing the variations to the original project plan
  • The progress of projects is subjected to review by meetings (these may be 'virtual') and projects are managed via the electronic project management system. Agenda minutes and action points from these are recorded with other key project information in the electronic system
  • Risk, issues and learning logs are maintained throughout the projects
  • Issues are managed using corrective action techniques
  • A project debrief is undertaken at the end of the project and a project closure statement is issued and signed by both NSERC and the client.

Data control

  • All appropriate documentation is maintained, controlled and archived
  • Electronic data are maintained and backed up on networked servers. Every week a full copy is cycled to a separate physical location.